About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology and Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Florida. I completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago in 2013 and received my Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health from the Pennsylvania State University in 2009.

My research focuses on the relationship between cognitive function and physical health and the genetic and environmental factors that modulate this relationship.  Currently, I am examining how pulmonary function influences postoperative cognitive dysfunction in older adults. I am also broadly interested in individual differences in a variety of aging-related phenotypes.

In addition to my research program, I also provide statistical consulting services for faculty in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Florida. These services include study design, data analysis, power/ sample size determination, manuscript/presentation preparation, and grant writing. My statistical expertise and training spans both clinical and basic sciences as well as many diverse statistical areas, including longitudinal analysis, multilevel modeling, risk assessment, survival analysis, and structural equation modeling. In addition to the statistical training that I received through my postdoctoral and graduate work, I have also participated in several workshops including the Johns Hopkins Graduate Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and the International Workshop on Statistical Genetic Methods for Human Complex Traits at the Institute for Behavior Genetics in Boulder, Colorado.